Do You Need to See an Orthodontist for Clear Aligners?
While any general dentist can receive training and offer clear aligners, seeing an orthodontist for this treatment is the wisest choice. Orthodontists spend years studying how the teeth, jaw, and facial tissues move when receiving treatment.
How Clear Aligners Work
Clear aligners consist of a graduated set of medical-grade plastic trays custom-made for your teeth. Each set of trays moves your teeth using even, gentle pressure. You will wear them 22-24 hours daily, removing them only to brush, floss, eat, and drink.
Your orthodontist will direct you to change aligners every one to two weeks. As you progress through the series of aligners, you will notice your teeth gradually shifting and your smile transforming. While no one has to know you are using clear aligners to straighten your teeth, they may notice your new smile taking shape.
Advantages of Clear Aligners
Clear aligners have no sharp edges or metal to irritate your sensitive oral tissues. After you become accustomed to wearing your aligners, they will feel natural.
Busy adults and older teens appreciate the discretion of clear aligners. They do not attract unwanted attention like traditional braces.
Faster Than Braces
Clear aligners take about 12 to 18 months to straighten your teeth, while braces can take up to three years.
Better Oral Health
Many patients find cleaning around braces difficult. Clear aligners come out for brushing and flossing, making the process easier. Since you can keep your teeth cleaner with clear aligners, you will have a lower risk of gum disease and tooth decay.
No Food Restrictions
Many foods are off-limits for people with braces. Since clear aligners come out when you eat, you can eat what you like as long as you thoroughly clean your teeth before replacing the aligners.
Benefits of Receiving Clear Aligners From an Orthodontist
Orthodontists have a deeper understanding of how and why teeth need to move to ensure optimal oral health. If complications arise, orthodontists are better equipped to handle them.
Orthodontists have better design skills than general dentists. Rather than simply following instructions, they can carefully plan your clear aligners treatment for the best results. Many orthodontists offer multiple brands and types of clear aligners to meet your needs best rather than being tied to one brand.
Orthodontists have more experience with clear aligners than general dentists, who spend most of their time on other treatments.
Call Embrace Orthodontics
Any general dentist can take a course and receive training in clear aligners, but an orthodontist will provide the greatest chance for successful treatment.
If you are interested in clear aligners, give yourself an advantage by choosing an orthodontist as your treatment provider. Call our Delmar, NY, office at 518-439-9339 to schedule a consultation and meet with one of our orthodontists to discuss your goals.